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night, putting an end to u.s. combat in iraq. the president thanked americans for paying a huge price, saying it's time to move forward without closing the book on iraq. tracie potts has more from washington. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. with the military operations in iraq behind us, president obama made it clear that the next big mission is right here at home. >> the american combat mission in iraq has ended. >> reporter: with combat troops now out of iraq, president obama announced a new mission. >> our most urgent mission is the economy and putting americans back to work. >> reporter: his focus now? jobs and afghanistan. he promised the pullout there will begin next summer. >> open-ended war serves neither our interests or the afghan people. >> reporter: republicans criticized the president for opposing the surge. >> some leaders who opposed, criticized, and fought tooth and nail against the surge strategy now proudly claim credit for the results. >> we pledge all we can do always to protect and defend the state of israel. >> reporter: today, president obama meets with israeli
. and today we begin with planes, trains, and automobiles. president obama unveiled his plan yesterday to use the nation's crumbling infrastructure as a vehicle to help put the nation's stalled economy back on track and americans back to work rebui rebuilding runways, railways, and roads. republicans in washington wasted no time blasting the proposal after the president blamed the gop for putting u.s. economy in reverse. nbc's tracie potts joins us us now from washington with more. tracie, good morning. >> good morning. the white house officials have no numbers but this would put americans back to work. the white house says it's not a stimulus, but the idea is similar. $50 billion for infrastructure, fixing 100,000 miles of roads, 150 miles of runways, and building a new air traffic control system. >> anybody want more delays at airports? >> no. >> no, i didn't think so. >> president obama says it will create jobs and won't cost a dime of borrowed money. >> this is a plan that will be fully paid for. it will not add to the deficit over time. >> republicans attacked saying americans are skepti
to prop up small businesses and the middle class nbc's tracie potts jones us for more. >> increasingly, docrats disagree with him over taxes and republans are digging in, not good sign for a compromise seven weeks before an election. w do win a tax fight and an election? first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> then put pressure on your opponent. >> we simply don't have time any more to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over $250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty partisan fight heading into november. republicans aren't wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax accuracies on nobody. >> reporter: even house leader john boehner who suggested sunday he might support the president is backing off. >> would you vote for -- >> want to extend all of the current tax rates -- >> reporter: tuesday's primary appears to have excluded both sides. analysts say tea party wins could backire on republicans. >> seems like it was a sense of voter nullification, like we're not listening to you. we, the
the outer banks expected overnight tonight and into the morning. lynn? >> kristen dahlgren there for us in north carolina. kristen, thank you. >>> police in maryland shot and killed an armed gunman who took three hostages inside the maryland headquarters of the discovery channel yesterday. court records show the 43-year-old radical environmentalist began protesting against the cable tv channel two years ago, hoping to convince executives to devote more programming time to environmental issues. nbc's brian mooar has our report. >> reporter: for four terrifying hours, a gunman carrying what looked like bombs held three hostages inside the discovery channel building just outside the nation's capital. negotiations with 43-year-old james j. lee broke down. authorities say they had to open fire after he made an aggressive move with his gun. >> he pulled out the handgun that he came in with and pointed it at one of the hostages. at that point, our tactical units moved in. they shot the suspect. the suspect is deceased. >> reporter: most of the hundreds of people inside the building had no clue
knows what it's like to struggle through tough times. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on how the president plans to reexcuse the company. >> one of the harshest critics is from john boehner in a region that's been hit hard by unemployment. the president expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy, individuals earning over $200,000 and couples over the $50,000, plus he wanted to spend $50 billion on transportation projects and create $200 billion in business tax breaks allows small businesses to write off business investments giving them more money to hire new workers. >> we're talking investments tomorrow that are creating thousands of private sector jobs right now. >> reporter: all of it ending for tax breaks by big companies. they say it's the wrong approach. >> i don't think americans want any more stimulus coming out of washington. we need to get our arms out of out of control spending. >> it's to aid democrats in november that's sick of washington politics. >> the state of the nation is what should be the driving force and n
today," plugged up. the blown-out bp well that caused thelarges oil spill in u.s. history is finally declared dead. >>> home sweet home. an american hiker jailed in iran for more than a year speaks out. >>> and house arrest. actor randy quaid and his wife in hot water again. actor randy quaid and his wife in hot water again. this time, accused of sqtting. captions paid for by nbc-universalelevision >>> hello and gd morning, i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with mission finally accomplished. bp says a permanent al is now in place on its blown-out well at the bottom of the gulf of mexico. however, killing the catastrophic well off is a bittereet victory for gulf coast residents, who fear they'll be battling the effects of the nation's worst environmental disaster for years to come. nbc's jay greg has our report. >> reporter: it began april 20th with a massive fireball and deadly flames cutting through the nigh air. as the deepwater horizon rig exploded, then collapsed, 11 lives were lost. and oil began to seep into the gulf, the start of the worst spill in u.s. history. no
the coast of somalia was rescued by the u.s. marines. they seized control of the vessel and captured them without firing a single shot. most were hilled partly because the crew was able to kill the engine before locking themselves in a channel room chamber. >>> this morning washington reports capital employs oh back taxes. it was owed by 4% of congressional employees, a percentage slightly higher than the national average. >>> and a new gallop ranking says the u.s. is the fifth most generous country on earth tying with switzerland. new zealand and australia tied for first. >>> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 10,415 after gaping 28 points yesterday. the s&p added 5. the nasdaq rose 7. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei climbed 140 points, while in hong kong, the hang seng was up 90 points. >>> with wall street still looking for a memo mem ton of its own stocks rose thursday with hopes that ooh economic recover may be resuming. they touched a 1 month high after data showed new claims for unploimd insura
-coordinated robbers who used a stolen pickup truck to crash into a store and steal an atm machine. police say the band of thieves got away with a couple hundred dollars using another stolen vehicle to smash into the machine. unfortunately, damage done to the start is worth more than the money and the machine combined. >>> in texas, police seized nearly 20,000 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $10 million. the mature four-to-12-foot plants were found in a densely forested area outfitted with an irrigation system and lookout platform. no arrest have been made. >>> and in florida, a miami dolphin training session came to a complete stand still when defensive end lang ford lost his 2.5 carat, $50,000 earring. he forgot to remove his jewelry before practice and ended up losing one. the line searched the field but to no avail. brutal. >>> now for a look at your national and regional weather, we check in with bill karins with the weather channel forecast. good morning. >>> good morning, everyone wants to know in light of what it's doing in the carolinas, what is it going to do to cape cod. a tropica
primary day before nember's midterm electrics, it could reach a boiling point. tracy potts joins us live now from council. good morning, acy. big day. >> it's going to be a big week and a big season headed into these elections as congress figures out whether or not to extend these bush taxuts that are expiring at the end of the year. coming out of the weekend, republican leader john boehner who had been very critical of the president's plan signaled that he might support it order to get something done before these tax cuts expires. but all hopes of a compromise were dashed when his pay came out strongly yesterday and said that these tax cuts must be preserved for everyone, the poor, the mile class and, yes, the wealthy, those who make over $250,000. his party is not the only group that supports that we now know of least three democrats who say, look, this is the wrong time with our economy still not on good footing to raise taxes. we need to preserve these tax cuts for everyone. so it's a fight not only against republicans, but against some members of the democric party, as well. lynn.
by holding a congressional hearing this week. >> many questions must be answered by all of us, whose job it is to protect our people. >> reporter: protection seems too late for many of the san bruno residents who finally got the all-clear on sunday to go home. >> i'm anxious. when we left i thought i'm leaving all of 36 years of memory in a house and i may never see them again. >> reporter: memories now tainted with many inanswered questions, frances coe, nbc news. >>> a look at some other stories making news early today in america. in alabama a police officer is recovering after a bizarre series of accidents sent him to the emergency room. the officer was first thrown 50 yards off his motorcycle when it crashed and caught fire. after a vehicle moved out of line during a funeral procession. an ambulance responded to the scene but soon after en route to the hospital it overturned and caught fire. the officer suffered multiple broken bones and significant trauma to his legs and arms. >>> more than 25,000 people filled new york's central park for a five kilometer race for the cure. politici
his plan to help put unemployed americans back to work. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more. good morning to you. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. this is traditionally the day that we celebrate american workers, but today president obama will be telling them to hang on. this afternoon president obama spends labor day with union workers in milwaukee. union lieders say what's traditionally a day of celebration has become a day of frustration for many. >> 11 million people out of work have less to be thankful for than those on wall street that will doing quite well. >> reporter: unemployment creeped up to 9.6% friday, jobs are being created, but not nearly fast enough to employ the millions left jobless in this recession. today and in cleveland wednesday, the president will talk about the slow recovery and urge congress to approve $100 billion in tax breaks for small business. >> that's really what the bottom line is, small businesses are the engine of growth. government doesn't create the jobs. all we do is help train people for those jobs. >> reporter: the unemploy
to sell his plan to fix the economy. tracie potts is in washington, d.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> veronica,ood morning. what you'll see this week will take on a distinct campaign trail, designed to use what worked for them two years ago during the presidential campaign, the president swinging through states to energize young voters and to sell his economic plan. part of that pan was helping small businesses. we saw that as he designed the small business plan into law yesterday creating a $30 billion fund to give them more money to free up money for these businesses to expand and hire workers. today, president obama takes his message to albuquerque, new mexico, where he'll continue a series of backyard meetings with voters and have a big rally at the university of wisconsin later on tonigt. as we get closer to the election, we're seeing the administration get much more aggressive in tone and message, by vice presint biden saying to republicans stop wining and loor for alternatives out there. president obama calling their pledge to am
american officials staged 9/11. >> translator: that some segments within the u.s. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the american economy and its gripn the middle east in order to save this regime. >> reporter: u.s. diplomates and others walked out. rudy giuliani, new york's mayor on 9/11, called ahmadinejad insane or giving a great imitation. irn, giuliani said, must get get nuclear weapons. that was china's goal, who is pressuring iran. an arab/israeli peace deal is hoped to be completed next year. >> we can have a new agreement, an independent sovereign state of palestine living in peace with israel. >>> now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. >>> in california, workers fom sea world tried asising a sea lion with a spear stuck in its back, but to no avail. officials don't know how the animal got speared, but say if it was done on purpose, it would be a pearl offense. >>> in oregon, a bus driver is out of a job after a passenger got videoof that driv reading an e-book while driving down the highway. he was eventually fired for posing a thre
offers us is startus cuomo. >> thank you, thank you, thank you. >> reporter: also in new yk despiting facing voters for the first time fais while facing ethics chrges, charles rangel had an easy win. nbc news. >> one result is still spending. that the new hampshire primary. preliminary results show kelly ayotte is ahead of ovide lamontagne the. >>> sarah shourd is free after spending a year in an iranian prison. but t story is not over. two other american hikers still face espionage charges. >> reporter: it was a happ ending tonight for sarah shourd, released from an iranian prison and flown immediately to oman, who put up the $500,000 that iran was demanding for her bail cording to some reports. >> on behalf of myself and my family, if anything, i'm standing here today because of the efforts of many people and many governments. >> reporter: she was reunited there with her mother, nora, who with the other two mowers had beenobbying and begging for the release of their chdren, saying that they had simply wandered across the border, an unmarked border in iran from iraq and that they wer
and u.s. civilian were hurt and transported to a military medical center for treatment. the cause of the crash is undertion investigation. >> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. >>> in georgia, traffic came to a near stand still aft a small lane me an emerncy landing on an interstate during rush houthere. no one was hurt. the cause of the crash is not yet known. >>> a smokey fire under a bridge in new york left some commuters stranded for several hours. an electrical transformer reportedly blew out, sparking the blaze. service was eventually restore after firefighters extinguished the flames and officials inspected the bridge. >>> in texas, a first-time mom at the dallas zoo is said to be doing a great job taking care of her 2-month-old zebra named webster. it is the zoo's fourth frebe, the fourlargest of all zebras. >>> and in ohio, being crowned king of the gridiron isn't just for burly football players. in-state rivals rufus the boat and that's from ohio state university and brutu the buckeye from ohio state university throwing fists in the br
god. in jakarta, indonesia, protesters call it a symbol of hate asking the u.s. government to step in and for muslims to stay calm. military, religious leaders are among those asking for the pastor to cancel the event. >> it only calls for new hate and violence. >> i am disheartened by the clear unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful disgraceful act that has come from american religious leaders of all faiths. >> reporter: dove and the world outreach center congregation have received hundreds of death threats and church members now carry weapons. an isolated protest launching international concerns of widespread ramifications. leanne gregg, nbc news. >>> well, in ohio yesterday president obama turned up the heat on the republican party, continuing his assault on the gop policies that he says put the economy in a rut in the first place. the president also talked up his own economic plan to prop up the middle class by raising taxes on the wealthy. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: in the election year fight over taxes, president obama needs voter os to knows who de
congress didn't get done. tracie potts has more for us from washington. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. there was no decision on taxes, what to do about extending the bush tax cuts at the end of the year. democratic leaders had said they will not deal with that before the election. that's exactly what happened. but they barely got out of town without doing so in the house after a last-minute speech by republican leader john boehner that drew 39 democrats to his side. in the end, they agreed to adjourn without dealing with taxes by just one vote. but there was a flurry of activity before the house adjourned. they did approve several bills, including a stopgap spending measure so the government can continue to function for another two months. the fiscal year ends tomorrow. thealso approved a nasa bill that deals with the future of that program, extends both the space shuttle and the space station programs and ends the bush era program that would have landed astronauts on the moon once again. finally, a 9/11 program was extended, as well, in fact, approved to provide health coverage for e
goals such as economic crisis and peace in the middle east. michelle franzen is live for us in new york. >> reporter: good morning, amara. certainly the president's speech will focus on what he talked about last year and rebuilding a lot of the internatial relatio following the bush administration's foreign policy. but many of the same issues are still -- president is still facing with foreign policy agenda, including much in the middle east. of course, combat units in iraq ft there at the end of awl august, but still, about 50,000 troops remain in iraq, training security forces there and in afghanistan, troops, of course, have been increased along with the attacks by insurgents. and certainly talks, peace talks for the mile east twin israeli and palestinian leaders got a jump start earlier this month, but so far, still no direct talks planned in the meantim ofcourse, iran and north korea's defiance over international sanctions and pressure to stoptheir nuclear program will take the stage, as well. president obama is expected to speak early this morning and following iran's president th
. it was blocked by republians with some claiming democrats were using the issue to score political points. steve handelsman has more. >> i snd here today on two good legs again as a prud, gay marine. >> democrats roll out their big guns. eric alfa, one of the first warriors hurt in the war. alva got a medical discharge. ut since don't ask, don't tell took effect in 1993, 13,000 men and women have been kicked out of the militar >> but it's long past time to repeal this policy, which is both unjust, un-american and extremely hurtful to the effectiveness of our military. >> reporter: but republicans blocked the vote. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: john mccain opposes this repeal. >> we would be ignoring the troops a casting aside the ofessional military advice given by each of the four service chiefs. >> in fact, just before president obama awarded a medal of honor to the marine he's chosen to keep in command of the corps said don't let gays serve openly yet. we're not quite sure what the impact would be. >> reporter: a bigger blow came fm susan collins who backs repeal. >> now is not
toward permanently plugging up the blownout well behind the worst offshore oil spill in u.s. history. for more on that, we go to kristin dahlgren, live in louisiana with more. ood morning. >> good morning to you, lynn. day 150 and that relief well that they started drilling shortly after this a started has finally intersected with the mccondo well some 2 1/2 miles below the floor of the gulf. admiral thad allen said that the two wells were connected and that the next step was to pump mud and cement down into that well to permanely seal it off. obviously, great news for people in this area, but really just one step in their recovery. oil ctinues to wash ashore. and this week, thousands of dead fish. take a look at these pictures. looks almost like a graph grave there. scientists say it was caused by lack of oxygen and it's not uncommon here, but people are asng that the oil disbursants didn't play into that. tony hayward defended 's safety record this week as he testified in britain. he said there's no need to rethink deep water drilling. meantime, here in louisiana, there's also a pu
on his own party members yesterday. nbc tracie potts has more for us in washington. good morning to you, tracie. >> veronica, good morning. we're now starting to hear a tough love message from president obama, aimed not at republicans, but aimed at his own party. he said buck up and he called republicans -- rath democrats irresponsible if they're sitting on their hands complaining. he said it's inexcusable to sit on the delines. we heard some of this in wisconsin yesterday at a huge college rally, trying to fight what polls and pundits say is apathy. he told students we can't let the country fall backwards because we didn't care enoughto fight. he's doing this four-state swing through several states around the country trying to drum up support because polls are showing that democrats cod be in trouble as we head into november's elections. in fact, we have a new nbc "wall treet journal" poll take a look at this. republicans now have a three-point lead over democrats, but that's down from a nine-point lead just last month. and looking at this question, who should control congress? 46% now
. if you're watching us on wnne 31 white river junction in vermont. definitely more than just fixal. got all fired up. six artists from vermont in near buy shelburne at the shelburne museum. >>> the question is are you fired up today. >> i am a little bit. >> good. >> not sure why but i am. >> i haven't seen you for a while. all right. see you soon. here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. back in the '80s greed w good but today at the box office greed is just okay. the long awaited sequel wall street's money never sleeps won the box office title this week but fell short of expectations taking in only $19 million. the experts blamthat underperformance on failure to attract the younger crowd. a whopping 65% of wall street's audience was over the age of 30. also underperforming this weekend legend of the guardians, an animated fantasy adventure cost $130 million to make and some picked to win but it only managed second with a little over $16 million. perhaps the weekend's top performer was ben affleck's the town. that raid the ten-day total to over $49 miion givi
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